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Watch a Half-Scale Cybertruck Beat a Ford F-150 in a Tug of War

By Jason Freely / 6 hours ago

In just over a month, the YouTubers behind the account “The Hacksmith” have built a half-scale Cybertruck so powerful that it can win against a full-sized Ford F-150 pickup truck in a tug of war. In a video uploaded today, the team of crafty Canadian engineers showed off what their adorable take on Tesla’s brutalist stainless […]

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Astronomers Conclude Massive Exoplanet Could Host Life

By Jason Freely / yesterday

A team of astronomers from the University of Cambridge determined that an exoplanet called K2-18b is capable of holding liquid water at habitable conditions. The massive planet just 124 light-years away — still in our backyard on a cosmic level — is 2.6 times the radius of Earth and orbits its star within the “habitable […]

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These Are the Pentagon’s New Ethics “Principles” for AI in Warfare

By Jason Freely / a couple of days ago

“Ethical Use” On Monday, the Pentagon announced the official adoption of a series of new principles for ethical use of artificial intelligence in warfare, the Associated Press reports. The principles were formed out of a commission with the (darkly Newspeak-y) name the Defense Innovation Board, which released its recommendations (title: “AI Principles: Recommendations on the Ethical Use […]

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Study: Growing “Infertility Crisis” May Be Tied to Poor Diets

By Jason Freely / a few days ago

Keeping semen shipshape and in good working order: no easy task. Across the globe, average sperm count and quality have been gradually declining for years. Scientists have theorized a number of potential causes ranging from household chemicals to microplastics. Another possible culprit may be a man’s diet. Now, a cross-sectional study published Friday in the […]

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Carmakers Expected to Roll Out Wireless Car Chargers This Year

By Jason Freely / 5 days ago

Wireless Charging Cars Carmakers are expected to release wireless charging pads for electric cars based on a universally agreed-upon standard as soon as this year, CNET reports. The chargers work (more or less) the same way as wireless smartphone chargers: you roll the vehicle on top of the pad, and the car starts charging. Without […]

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The Deadly Coronavirus Is Tearing Through Chinese Prisons

By Jason Freely / 6 days ago

As the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus spreads worldwide, it continues to leave a trail of destruction in China, where efforts to care for the sick and curtail new infections are straining health care resources. Now, in a grim update, The New York Times reports that the novel pathogen is tearing through the country’s prison system as […]

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This Fully Automated Indoor Grow Box Is ‘the Keurig of Plants’

By Jason Freely / last week

Indoor gardening sounds like a great idea in theory. Who wouldn’t like to grow fresh herbs, fruits, and other plants year-round? The only problem is that it requires a lot of knowledge, time, and effort that most people just don’t have. But what if there was a simple, fool-proof way to grow plants in your […]

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This Hot Dog Cooking Robot Is the Beginning of the End

By Jason Freely / last week

Look, Dave, I Don’t Do Ketchup Remember back in December, when Boston University researchers taught a pair of large robotic arms to autonomously cook hot dogs? Now, new video shows the bots in action — expertly working together to grill the franks and park them in rolls. Tragically, the bots still don’t seem to know […]

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Study: Social Media Users More Likely to Be Misinformed About Vaccines

By Jason Freely / last week

Going Viral Right between the conspiracy theorists advocating for drinking bleach and your aunt on the airplane with the essential oils, vaccine misinformation has, in fact, found a home online. A recent survey found 20% of Americans are likely to be misinformed about vaccinations—and that they were more likely to have found their misinformation online […]

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